Derek Holland continues to grow up

ARLINGTON, Texas -- In the middle of his six innings of work Saturday afternoon, Rangers starter Derek Holland was struggling.

So instead of pitching coach Mike Maddux coming out there to speak with him, manager Ron Washington made the trip.

After Bobby Abreu's single put runners at first and second with two outs, Holland had a chat with Washington.

Well, he was mainly listening.

"I just needed to remind him of something, that’s all," Washington said. "It worked, he got out of the inning."

Washington was seen chewing out his pitcher. To tell you what was said would not be proper for this website.

"I'll just say it was some positive thoughts," Holland said. "Just encouraging me to get through it. Nothing bad, that's just me and Wash just connecting."

Two pitches after Washington's message, Holland got Maicer Izturis to flyout to right to end the inning. Holland was in trouble most of the day, but the 24-year old left hander was able to escape with little damage.

When his day was over, Holland finished with 105 pitches, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out four. Holland, however, is winless in his last four games yet pitched well enough to win against one of the top pitchers in the game in Dan Haren.

"I'm very happy with how this start went but the down side of it was too many walks," Holland said. "I'm not big on giving out free bases and falling behind. That's another thing I'm going to be working on big time, other than that, just continue doing what I've been doing and that's battle out there and execute my pitches."